Rebuttal to Don't Be Bullied Op-Ed
By Susan Lafond
Murillo was the first to declare her candidacy on Feb. 15, Conklin approx. six weeks later Mar. 27, Martinez nearly 2 months later May 9, and White not until the end of July. If Martinez and White wanted to court the DCC/CDP endorsement they could have declared earlier. So don’t try to penalize Murillo for having the courage to be the first out of the gate. It is simply NOT TRUE that she is unable to “secure support” aka have a good working relationship with other council members. I wonder how often the author attends a city council meeting, any board, commission or committee meetings?
The Santa Barbara mayoral race is not remotely comparable to a national presidential election and Murillo does not have the local Democratic Party under her thumb nor in her pocket.
I don’t believe she has neither the power nor the money to “rig” this or any election. There, however, is a candidate that does have the money…???
As far as the Democrats go (at least in Santa Barbara) it is both fortunate and unfortunate there are so many candidates vying for the same office. They are fortunate to have so many citizens interested in public service to our city which we don’t often see in the Republican Party, on the other hand, this fractures the party and splits the votes up amongst the dominant party (Democrats) in Santa Barbara. This could just get us a Republican, climate change denying mayor elected. Our very own “Donald” to be proud (not) of. I wonder how many Americans now wish they could go back to the 2016 presidential election and change their votes? Let’s not make a mistake here locally.
I take issue with your interpretation of Murillo. You do not know whereof you speak.
She is on several committees, task forces, is the liaison to several advisory boards, too numerous to list here but here is a link to the 25+ she serves on https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/cityhall/council/meet/cmurillo.asp
Why do you refer to her as a bully? Is it because she is a principled person who stands by her values and has compassion for the many different citizens of both the city and county of Santa Barbara? This bully portrayal sounds reminiscent of a onetime political rival of Ms. Murillo’s.
There was one non-partisan legitimate poll conducted for this election. It was done randomly via phone and was not solely regarding the mayoral race, it included questions on Measure C and other city council districts up for election. Perhaps you were not happy with the results so you choose to disregard the findings.
The big backfire has been the poorly produced negative advertisement that has been running incessantly on local television produced and funded by the Coalition for Santa Barbara’s Future.
Whoever this group of hatchet people is they don’t even have the courage to list a Santa Barbara address. They have an address in the uber-wealthy community of Laguna Niguel.
So is it big money out of Orange County that paid to introduce that ad during the seventh inning stretch of a televised World Series game?
- November 3, 2017 - Don't Be Bullied